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Training horses, one famous horseman once said to me, is the only profession where you get paid mainly to listen politely and tolerate your clients telling you what you should be doing. In short, everyone's an expert on horse training.
And so it is with marketing. We are so bombarded with advertising and marketing messages, that every consumer, spectator and guru with an opinion - which means just about everyone - "knows" what should be done to improve business in any line of any trade.
I spent more than the first half of my professional life specifically tasked with marketing racing at Santa Anita. My "school" was mainly trial and error, even as I tried at the same time to educate myself academically about the subject. So, I always wince at the supposition I constantly hear from smart people who should know better: that any opinion about marketing racing is as informed as any other.
ATTENTION THOROUGHBRED TRAINERS
Affordable Care Act - Employer Notice
Requirements - Due October 1, 2013
(September 25, 2013)
FROM: Alan F. Balch, CTT Executive Director
SUBJECT: Affordable Care Act New Health Insurance Marketplace Coverage Options and Your Health Coverage Employer Notice Requirements
Starting in January 2014, most people will be required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("Affordable Care Act," also known as "Obama Care") to have health insurance or pay a penalty if they don't. Coverage can include employer-provided insurance, coverage you buy on your own, Medicare or Medi-Cal.
The Affordable Care Act has created a new type of online marketplace for purchasing health insurance coverage for individuals without such insurance. This marketplace is referred to as a Health Insurance Marketplace, or an Exchange. Beginning in October 2013, you will be able to find and compare health insurance plans through the Marketplace and coverage may start as early as January 1, 2014.
Under the Affordable Care act, all employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act FLSA (generally those that have at least one employee and at least $500,000 in annual dollar volume of business) must notify their employees about the new Health Insurance Marketplace by October 1, 2013. HOWEVER, there is no penalty or fine to employers for not providing this notice.
It is important to notify your employees concerning the Health Insurance Marketplace to help them understand and navigate the changes coming to health care in 2014. Below, in both English and Spanish, for employers with 50 or less employees, are links to model notices created by the Department of Labor that acceptably fulfill employer notification requirements. Please note that you must complete Part B of the notice before distributing it to your employees. The model notices below are available in convenient fill-in form.
Employers with more than 50 employees must provide a slightly different version of the notice. It is necessary to complete Part A, "How Can I Get More Information?", and Part B of the notice before distributing it to your employees. These model notices are also in fill-in form and follow below:
The below links contain some pertinent information from Covered California, this state's health insurance marketplace/exchange, to help you better understand the Affordable Care Act and how it affects your employees and you personally.
Following his last set at 9:30 a.m. recently, trainer Richard Mandella strode inconspicuously into his stable office at Santa Anita Park wearing jeans and a straw hat.
Mandella sparred playfully with a quick-pawed gray cat for control of his desktop and spent the next hour patiently answering phone calls and talking with a steady stream of assistants, exercise riders, veterinarians, and jockey agents who stuck their heads in his doorway.
Mandella occupied the same Barn 4 in which the legendary Charlie Whittingham resided for decades. Mandella is resembling the Bald Eagle more each day with his receding hairline and growing list of accomplishments.
None glow brighter than three large Breeders' Cup Day montages that dominate one of the walls in his office. In 1993, Mandella put his name on the international map with victories in two Breeders' Cup races and two supporting stakes at Santa Anita.
ATTENTION THOROUGHBRED TRAINERS
CTHF Clinics Now Available to Treat Work-Related First Aid Injuries
(January 31, 2013)
CTHF Clinics Now Available to Treat Work-Related First Aid Injuries
Working with Finish Line Self-Insurance Group and the California Thoroughbred Trainers, the California Thoroughbred Horsemen's Foundation (CTHF) will begin treating workers' compensation cases at the medical clinics beginning February 1, 2013.
There have been many calls for the banning of raceday Lasix in Thoroughbred racing. The grandees of the sport, in the form of The Jockey Club, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, etc. have decided that Lasix must go. Fortunately for the horses, the effort to bar Lasix in North America seems to have stalled.
Tuesday, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission delayed action on a proposal to ban Lasix in that state. Wednesday, the New York State Racing and Wagering Commission was overwhelmed with thousands of comments opposing a proposed Lasix ban, including 500 pages of documentation from the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, representing owners and trainers.
A year ago, I was uncertain about the Lasix issue. Since then, I've studied the science, notably a South African study financed but now disavowed by the Jockey Club that shows (a) that some 80 percent of horses have at least internal bleeding when they race and (b) that Lasix helps eliminate or reduce the level of bleeding. The more I learned, the more I'm convinced that Lasix is the most humane solution to a persistent problem. In fact, I've become so convinced that I was deeply involved in drafting N.Y.T.H.A.'s response to the state.
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Horses bleed. While only a few (1 percent to 5 percent) bleed visibly through the nose or mouth, many more have internal bleeding in the lungs and trachea. And that internal bleeding causes cumulative damage. The more horses bleed, the more likely they are to bleed in the future. At the extremes, severe bleeding can cause a horse to die on the racetrack.
Lasix works. All the studies show that a modest dose of Lasix greatly reduces the incidence and severity of bleeding. Since Lasix was introduced in New York in 1995, severe, visible bleeding has been reduced by 76 percent. Whatever the cause of the far-too-many fatalities at Aqueduct this winter, it wasn't Lasix. As Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey said on this year's Kentucky Derby telecast, "I've never had a horse break down under me because of Lasix."
Unlike (now-barred) steroids and other illegal drugs, Lasix doesn't enable a horse to perform beyond its natural ability, only to be more likely to reach that ability. And whatever the situation may have been years ago, Lasix no longer interferes with testing for other illegal drugs. New York now tests racehorses for some 900 illegal substances, and leading equine toxicologists unanimously agree that Lasix doesn't mask any of those drugs.
If Lasix is barred, trainers will revert to the cruel and illegal methods used in the past to limit bleeding. They'll withhold water, and perhaps food, from horses for 24 hours or more before a race. They'll use illegal, and less effective, drugs like "Kentucky Red" or tranexamic acid both of which have been detected in "Lasix-free" jurisdictions. Or they'll use trainer Woody Stephens's old trick of giving his grooms red towels to wipe off the blood before anyone noticed.
New York's horsemen support getting tough on the drug cheaters. We've proposed to the State Racing Board that they tighten limits on painkillers, corticosteroids and clenbuterol, and that they make permanent the current arrangements under which Lasix is administered in specified dosages by veterinarians who work for the state or the racetrack, not the trainers. But we don't support a Lasix ban that would inflict unnecessary pain on the horses that we love and that would serve no purpose other than the ego gratification of a few of the 1 percent.
This article does not necessarily represent the views of either N.Y.T.H.A. or B.E.S.T.
Steve Zorn, a lawyer and law professor in New York, is the racing manager of Castle Village Farm thoroughbred partnerships and a director of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and the Backstretch Employees Service Team. He writes the Business of Racing blog.
California Horse Racing Board
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Sacramento, CA 95825
Date: October 26, 2013
SUMMARY OF CHRB ACTIONS AND DISCUSSIONS 10-24-13
ARCADIA, CA - The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, October 24, 2013, at Santa Anita Park. Chairman David Israel presided. Vice Chairman Chuck Winner and Commissioners Steve Beneto, Bo Derek, George Krikorian, and Richard Rosenberg were in attendance.
The Board voted unanimously to give final approval to the 2014 and 2015 racing calendars for thoroughbred racing in Southern California. As allocated, the 2014 racing calendar will begin at Santa Anita Park on December 26, 2013, through July 2, 2014, followed by Los Alamitos (July 3 through July 13), Del Mar (July 16 through September 3), Fairplex (September 4 through September 23), Santa Anita (September 25 through November 2), Del Mar (November 5 through December 3), and finally Los Alamitos (December 4 through December 21).
The summer may be drawing to a close, but the threat of Infectious Disease still lingers. Make sure your horse(s) is still safe. Pose your infectious disease questions to this month's expert, Dr. Phoebe Smith.
STUDY: IDENTIFYING SIGNS OF HUMERAL AND SCAPULAR FRACTURES
(November 28, 2012)
Study: Identifying Signs of Humeral and Scapular Fractures
Dr. Erin McKerney, in collaboration with Dr. Susan Stover from the J.D Wheat Veterinary Orthopedic Research Laboratory, at UC Davis is conducting a study to better understand the events that lead to catastrophic fractures of the humerus and scapula in racehorses. These injuries can happen suddenly, unexpectedly and often without warning to horses under the care of a large variety of trainers. Complete fractures of the scapula and humerus are almost always fatal; but, when recognized early, the predisposing incomplete stress fractures can heal and horses are able to successfully return to racing.